Stoke & Staffordshire

Joseph Moscicki has jail term cut for Stafford van murder

Bernard James Smith and Joseph Moscicki
Image caption Bernard James Smith, 83, was murdered by Joseph Moscicki, 24, on Christmas Day 2013

A man who hit an 83-year-old with a van before dragging his body along the road on Christmas Day has had his minimum jail term for murder reduced.

Joseph Moscicki, 24, received a life sentence with a minimum tariff of at least 21 years for the killing of Bernard James Smith.

Mr Smith's body was found on the Highfields estate in Stafford in the early hours of 25 December 2013.

Appeal Court judges agreed the tariff was "excessive" and cut it to 18 years.

Staffordshire Police said Mr Smith, known locally as Jim, had been returning home after an evening out at a nearby social club.

He was hit by a van driven by Moscicki, who then drove away, dragging Mr Smith's body along, police said.

The force said he then ran over the 83-year-old a second time, killing him, before fleeing the scene.

Moscicki, from Wokingham in Berkshire, was arrested shortly afterwards.

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